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By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on May 29, 2018

Back in the 90's, a friend of mine had a Sega Mega Drive and we used to play with it for hours every weekend. We had so much fun! So, playing this SEGA Mega Drive Classics is going to be a trip down memory lane for me.

The Sega Mega Drive Classics offers you more than fifty games to play. Now, I think just about everyone has played a Sonic game or has at least heard of this energetic blue Hedgehog, so of course a selection of games from the Sonic series are featured in this collection; Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic Spinball.

Whether or not this collection of retro games will make you happy, mainly depends on two things. The first question is which games you played before. Besides Sonic, I used to spend a lot of hours Castle of Illusion, Quackshot, Altered Beast, Haunting and a Winter Olympics game of which the title escapes me completely. Altered Beast is included in this collection, but my other all time favorites, sadly, are not. The list contains a lot of games that are completely new to me, so I have a lot of exploring to do. And if you never ever played a Sega game before and this is your first introduction, I think it's a really good way to get to know this awesome console of the 90's.

The developers of this collection realized that a lot of gamers will be people who were a kid or teenager during the 90's. Instead of a standard menu, the developers choose to design a kids room with posters of several Sega games on the wall and other signature stuff from the decade we all loved so much. The library of games is not just a list of titles, but they're designed as a rack with the game cases. This detail totally brings back memories and it looks awesome! In the middle of the menu you will see an old TV and just below it the SEGA Mega Drive system. When you select a game, the cassette will be put into the SEGA Mega Drive including the sound that you would hear when doing so in real life. If you want to change the audio settings just go to the turntable and hi-fi set at the right of the room. And please note the phone at the left. Yes boys and girls, we had a phone with a cord. and, oh yes, it never needed to be recharged!

But, back to the games. I had the opportunity to try Golden Axe for the first time in my life, and I discovered it's a great game! Ferry "Sadhonker" told me about it several times, but up till now I never played it. It's truly is a game gem that is especially fun if you play it together with a friend! And the great thing is that part 2 and three of the series is also part of the collection! Another great discovery for me was a game called Comix Zone. I never ever play the game like this before. A writer of a comic book is sucked into his own comic and now he has to survive all the dangers that he himself came up with. This game actually plays surprisingly well and it's not a typical standard platform game. You literally go through a comic book, one image at a time. I love it!

Fans of the Final Fantasy series can really enjoy yourselves with Fatal Labyrinth and the Phantasy Star games: Phantasy star 2, Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom and Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium. I think the developers of the Mega Drive Classics collection did a really good job of selecting a great diversity of games: Adventure, platformer, fighting games and even a great puzzle game called Columns is in there! Columns has some similarities with the Nintendo game Tetris, but it also has it's very own signature elements.

Back in the 90's we had no other choice than go over to your friend's house if you wanted to play a game together. And, of course, in 2018 that is still a viable and truly enjoyable option, but the developers also added the option for online multiplayer. Just select the game you want to play and enter the online multiplayer option for matchmaking. You can also enter the online multiplayer mode without selecting a game and let the other gamers surprise you with his or her choice of game. Now, that's something we really couldn't do in the 90's: play a game with a gamer that lived on the other side of the world!

SEGA Mega Drive Classics is a great collection, comprised of a truly diverse selection of games. For the 90's kids it's a beautiful chance to replay all the games that we loved, and for the youngsters among us it's an excellent way to get to know these golden oldies!

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May 29, 2018